Perfectionism and Neutrality: Essays in Liberal Theory by.
So from the stage of Rawlsian liberal neutrality stalks the idea of legal perfectionism. Legal perfectionism is the doctrine according to which officials may adopt and enforce laws according to the officials’ understanding of a good life, with the intended practical effect that people governed by such laws will lead better lives. In other words, legal perfectionism broadly enshrines the.
Liberal neutrality, or “the principle of state neutrality,” as I will refer to it, is the doctrine that the state may not take sides between the conflicting conceptions of the good life adhered to by citizens. Briefly put, it follows from the fact that, in A theory of justice, parties to a fair contract for the purpose of designing the social order must come to an agreement in ignorance of.
Friends and foes of liberal neutrality assume that neutrality presupposes pluralism. On this view, the state should be neutral among the many permissible conceptions of the individual good that cit.
Second, I criticize his claim that liberal perfectionism cannot avoid a paternalist stance. I argue that Quong’s substantive assumptions about personal autonomy undermine both of his arguments. I use the discussion of Quong to argue that the standard assumption in liberal theory about mutual exclusivity of liberal perfectionism and neutrality needs to be reconsidered, and I show why the.
Now Perfectionism and Neutrality: Essays in Liberal Theory brings together classic papers and new ideas on both sides of the discussion.
This collection of original essays by leading specialists in political philosophy, legal theory, and economics offers answers to that question, by exploring the theoretical commitments of liberals and some of the practical implications of their view.
This study looks at John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice (1971) and Political Liberalism (1993). These theories will, as Rawls intended, be seen as one giant theory. The main focus has been on his neutrality and his notion of self-respect. The tension between these elements is obvious. Neutrality emphasizes independence of substantial values, whereas self-respect is clearly a notion based on.